Teacher – Visual Poetry Jam

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Our why

For the past 4 years our trust has been working on a film.  We noticed how difficult it was to find crew that were female, and those that were ethnically diverse.   It turns out there is a lower number of voices that come from the following demographics.

  • Maori
  • Pacifica
  • Girls
  • LGBQT+
  • Immigrants
  • Rangatahi with disabilities
  • then Neurodiverse

So we started Click Happy to help balance the scales in the Film, TV, and creative industries.  We haven't got it perfect yet but that is okay because the youth and the teachers that take Click Happy are helping us to co-develop it as we go.   The Visual Poetry Jams give a taste of the sort of work that we are doing in the online program nationally.

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Extend your most talented visual artists

You want to give your most promising kids a leg up.  You see their potential and you want their creative voice heard.   Cool.  We are on the same page.

Click Happy is a creative talent incubator.  We are on a nationwide talent search looking for gifted and gritty rangatahi who might be suited to work in the New Zealand Film and Television industry.

Our masterclasses are called Visual Poetry Jams and they give us a chance to check out your students and for them to check us out as well.

In the Jams we teach the following:

  • How to
      • Use a cellphone or Ipad like a fancy DSLR camera (get under the hood of your phone's camera with the help of an expert)
      • Edit images like a pro using industry level software for free on your phones or devices.
      • Compose an image so that it better tells the story in your head.
      • Understand creative grit and what builds or takes it away.
      • How to shift from being simply a passive scrolling consumer to being an active compassionate creator on your phone
  • Their images created during the workshop and after may be included in a collaborative rainbow exhibition that will be shown during the Auckland Festival of Photography.
  • Opportunity to learn from a past winner of New Zealand's Creative Photographer of the Year who is also a film director and producer.
  • All of the students (and teachers) that attend will be eligible to receive a $500.00 scholarship to attend Click Happy Academy online if they submit the creative challenge we leave them with.  It teaches the students how to use their cellphones like a DSLR.  Or how to use the manual settings on their camera.  It involves self-directed learning in a national community of creative and inspiring rangatahi.  Options are available in Te Reo as well.
  • Our goal is to support you in developing the next generation of creative changemakers.

The local COGS and Creative Communities Funders have given us the grant to pull this off so it is free for your school to attend if your school is selected.

How do we choose who is invited?

When we come to a region we start with inviting the schools from the lowest deciles and then progress up the line.   Our Mahi is to focus on the development of voices that are underrepresented in the Film and Television industry and to identify and support that talent at a young age.  We offer the spots first to Intermediates and then to Highschools in each decile and then if there is space remaining we will offer any spaces unable to be utilized to schools further up the Decile ladder.

What happens on the day

9:30- Check in 

10:00 - 11:30 Cellphonography

  • How to blur the background on your image.
  • How to freeze motion and blur motion
  • Intro to Composition Techniques
    • Leading Lines
    • Rule of thirds
    • How to fill the frame
    • Colour Theory

11:30-1:00  Skill Builder - The Monochromatic Rainbow - Practical Image Creation + Colour Scavenger Hunt

1-1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 2pm Editing in Lightroom

2:00 - 2:30 Submitting imagery for the Exhibition

2:30 - 3:00 Home shooting challenge + Explanation of Grit Scholarships


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IMG_9546 - Mavis Pollard

What equipment do we need to make this work?

  • Each child needs to bring either an Ipad or a cellphone.  We have 3 spare cellphones per school to help bridge tech gaps.
  • Students can share a phone but it is better if they have their own.
  • The Cellphone needs to have Adobe Lightroom loaded before they arrive (this is a free app)

What does our school need to do to make it happen?

  • Arrange for a teacher or aid to attend with your students (Is a helpful PD for a teacher).
    • They will need to stay for the whole workshop.
  • Arrange transport for the students to the offsite location if happening offsite.
  • Pick the 5 students to attend if you have been invited to attend an off-site event or up to 20 if it is a prearranged onsite event.
  • Email us a letter before the event giving permission to use photographs of the children attending for storytelling and grant reporting purposes.
  • Ensure that the students have set up their phones with the necessary apps before coming (we will send you information about this)
  • If offering your school as a space to host the event you will need to have a room that is available all day that will fit at least 40 people comfortably.

What sort of a student will get the most out of the opportunity?

  • The visual artists in the group (always drawing)
  • The gritty kid who is always willing to give something a go
  • The tinkerer
  • Youths who see things differently
  • Youths who like photography
  • The creative youth
  • The youth who could use a new positive peer group - and who has one of the above.

Image Credit:

All images in the square format on this page were shot by Click Happy Students.

Key Competencies Covered

  • Thinking
    • Students learn how to use a piece of technology in a new way and then actively apply what they have learned.
    • Utilizing auditory, kinesthetic, and visual thinking skills
  • Relating to others
    • Students work in teams on the Visual Poetry Challenges.
  • Using language, symbols, and texts
    • This workshop focuses on using critical thinking to create visual symbols.  It is about storytelling with a camera
  • Managing self
    • The scavenger hunt just creates the space.  The students are self-managed to achieve their imagery within the team.
  • Participating and contributing
    • The collection of images requires one image from each student in their group.

Benefits for the teacher

  • A day with a small group of naturally gifted students to help build your relationship.
  • You get to learn some skills on how to convert your cellphone into almost a DSLR.
  • You can show off how talented your students are.
  • You don't have to plan a lesson and just get to have fun with your youth.
  • You might pick up some tricks on how to maximize the cellphone camera features.
  • You might pick up some editing techniques and tricks on lightroom mobile.
  • You might get reinspired to do some of your own photography work.
  • You will get to see your kids rift with other creative youth from other schools in a photographic improv session.
  • Your students will learn advanced techniques and can help you to share them with the students that didn't get to come.
  • You will be given an opportunity to continue to be mentored by Mandi on using photography to teach wellbeing skills.


You get upskilled, your students get upskilled, you get to widen your creative community.

Win, win, win. .

To register your school just fill in this form and we will be in touch.


Our wonderfully amazing brilliant funders & sponsors

Funders & Sponsors 2020/2021/2022
Thames District Council
Lotto Scale-Up Wellington Community Trust ANZ

  • Far North
  • Rodney North Shore
  • Waitakere City
  • Manukau
  • Papakura Franklin
  • Kirikiriroa / Hamilton City
  • South Waikato
  • Rotorua
  • Tongariro
  • Hutt Valley
  • Wellington
  • Central Otago
  • Coastal Otago / Waitaki
  • Wairarapa
  • Kahungunu Ki Heretaunga
  • Tamatea / Tamaki-Nui-A-Rua
  • Great Barrier
  • Manawatu / Horowhenua
  • Whanganui / Waimarino / Rangitikei
  • Auckland City
  • South Taranaki
  • Marlborough
  • Mataatua
  • Whangarei / Kaipara

  • Invercargill
  • Henderson
  • Kaipatiki
  • Masterton
  • Manukau
  • Waikato
  • Hamilton
  • Wellington
  • West Auckland
  • Papakura
  • North Shore
  • Waitomo
  • Dunedin
Cossie Club

And Youth Librarians! We had no idea how amazing these community treasures are until recently! Thank you to all of the Youth Librarians who have seen the beauty in the project and have invited us to bring it to their region and who are helping to spread the word. You have halved our work and quintupled the number of youth who get to experience this program. What gifts!

Teacher – Visual Poetry Jam

Updated on 2022-05-10T15:35:24+12:00, by Mandi.